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Manziel sizes up Te'o amid Heisman hoopla

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 01:00 p.m. HST, Dec 07, 2012

NEW YORK » The first time Johnny Manziel met Heisman Trophy rival Manti Te‘o it was with some trepidation.

"To see how he plays on the field, I thought he might be a guy — with how big he is and how intimidating he is — I thought he might be a guy like to stuff me in a locker and maybe beat me up a little bit," Manziel said today.

Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback known as "Johnny Football," and Te‘o, Notre Dame's Laie-born linebacker, met the Heisman media at a Times Square press conference after spending time Thursday at the Home Depot Awards ceremonies in Florida.

"I got to meet him last night before the awards ceremony and soon as the first time I talked to him I could just tell was going to get along with him," Manziel said. "I really liked his personality and the way he was and the way he acted towards me."

Manziel said they talked about their hometowns, football and the postseason awards experience.

They even talked a little about Alabama, the then No.1-ranked team Manziel beat that helped propel Notre Dame onto the top spot in the polls. Maziel said he might give Te‘o some inside insight before the Fighting Irish play Alabama in the Jan. 7 Bowl Championship Series title game in Miami.

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false wrote:
What is this guy Manziiel talking about????? It is about competing about an award not a MMA fight!!!! Just based on the statements this guys is making shows he does not have the maturity nor the charisma to be awarded this. What a dope.
on December 7,2012 | 12:13PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No just good fun kine talk. All offensive players think defensive players will try to rip your head off. With Teo, it's left on the field.
on December 7,2012 | 12:49PM
TLehel wrote:
Did you even read the article? It's pointing out that Te'o is not only a phenomenal player, but a good guy too. Manziel's first comment was purely an impression based on how Te'o plays on the field. I don't see what you're mad about.
on December 7,2012 | 01:50PM
fairgame947 wrote:
You've totally overreacted. No one can dispute Manziel is a talented play, it's just that Manti is PERFECT! Manuia Te`o.
on December 7,2012 | 01:54PM
kainalu wrote:
Maturity? Manziel is a FRESHMAN. I think he carries himself pretty good considering that. Not to mention, he's the only QB that's beat 'Bama this season ... so far anyway.
on December 7,2012 | 04:18PM
Tony96822 wrote:
With all the hype and awards Teo is receiving, "Johnny Football" never knew what kind of local boy to expect. But the first impression probably made him realize, this guy would probably give me the shirt off his back. Class act all the way, Manti's parent gotta be proud.
on December 7,2012 | 02:37PM
lokahi808 wrote:
relax folks...this is just an award.....ND beating the Tide is the REAL DEAL.....let's see.....plus Teo has proven himself as an all around person, more than just a football player.....
on December 8,2012 | 08:53AM
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